Ham, Cheddar and Mushroom Muffins

These muffins are packed with delicious goodness and are perfect for snack time, breakfast, or even dinner when they refuse to eat what’s put in front of them. A parent’s job is hard enough. Let them eat muffins.

Recipe and photo by Jenny of The Brunette Baker

Prep Time: 25 mins. | Bake Time: 20 mins.

Ingredients

3 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons of chives, chopped finely.
4 tablespoons ground flax seeds, optional
3 large eggs
1 1/3 cups buttermilk
3 tablespoons canola oil, divided
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup white onion, finely chopped
1 cup white button mushrooms, finely chopped
1 cup diced ham
1 cup grated cheddar cheese

Method

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a 12-cup muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray or use cupcake liners.
2. In a frying pan over medium heat, add in one tablespoon of canola oil. Toss in onions and cook until translucent. Remove from pan and add in chopped mushrooms. Cook only until tender. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, pepper, salt, cayenne pepper, and flax seeds.
4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, oil, and butter. Stir in the chives, mushrooms, onions, ham, and cheese.
5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix using a wooden spoon until moistened.
6. Scoop the batter into prepared muffin pan (heaping ¼ cup each for unlined muffin pan or scant ¼ cup each for lined.
7. Bake the muffins for 20 minutes or until the tops are a golden brown. Let the muffins cool in pan for 15 minutes then loosen the edges with a knife (if necessary). Transfer muffins to cooling rack.
8. Muffins will keep in an airtight container for several days. These also freeze beautifully once baked.

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Mushroom & Thyme Cheddar Tart

It works well year-round as mushrooms fit with every season. I just love the combination of the earthy mushrooms, caramelized onions & fresh herbs.

Recipe and photo by Marcella of Hey Modest Marce

Prep Time: 10 mins. | Cook Time: 30 mins.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 medium yellow onion, sliced thin
1-1.5 cups of mushrooms, sliced thin (I used crimini mushrooms)
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
1 sheet of frozen puff pastry
1 cup Irish cheddar cheese, grated
2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme, for garnish

Method

1. In a saucepan over medium heat add the olive oil & garlic. Once the garlic has infused into the oil, add the sliced onions, mushrooms & thyme.
2. Let cook over medium heat for 15 minutes, until the onions begin to caramelize & the mushrooms cook down. Remove from heat & let cool.
3. While the mixture cools, prepare the puff pastry. Roll out frozen puff pastry into a square, trim edges & place on a baking sheet.
4. Brush with olive oil, top with grated cheddar & evenly distribute the mushroom mixture.
5. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, or until the pastry edges have puffed & turned a golden brown.
6. Garnish with fresh thyme sprigs, slice & serve.

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Scrambled Egg Muffins with Shiitake Mushrooms

My new favourite way to eat eggs in the morning (even during the week) is in the form of scrambled egg muffins and I couldn’t think of a better add-in than gorgeous shiitake mushrooms.

Recipe and photo courtesy of Mardi from eat. live. travel. write.

Prep Time: 5 mins. | Cook Time: 15 mins. | Makes: 8 muffins in a standard muffin tin.

Ingredients

6 eggs
1/3 cup milk
6 teaspoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
about 16 shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced and sauteed in a small amount of olive oil, then drained
salt and pepper

Method

1. Preheat oven to 400F. Lightly oil the muffin tin using a paper towel.
2. Lightly beat the eggs and milk. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Sprinkle in most of the Parmesan, reserving a small amount to sprinkle on top of the muffins,
3. Place a teaspoon of the mushrooms in each muffin tin. Pour in the egg mixture to about 3/4 full (the mixture will puff up when it cooks).
4. Add about another teaspoon of mushrooms in each muffin tin. Top with remaining cheese.
5. Bake for 12-15 minutes until top is puffy and golden.
6. Remove from muffin tins and serve immediately (I sprinkled with parsley and added a cooked mushroom to make them look pretty but you can just eat them as is!)

Roasted Mushroom Tart with Herbed Goat Cheese and Onion Jam

A savoury onion jam is slow-cooked and spread onto the bottom of the pastry. Top with the balsamic-roasted mushrooms and goat cheese enhanced with herbs and lemon.

Recipe courtesy of Renee from Sweet Sugar Bean.

Prep Time: 5 mins. | Cook Time: 25 mins.

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil
2 onions diced
good pinch of salt
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 portabella mushrooms, stem removed, thickly sliced
8 cremini mushrooms, thickly sliced
3 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
coarse salt and pepper
a few sprigs of fresh thyme, or 1 tsp dried
140 grams (about 1/2 cup) goat cheese,
softened at room temp
zest of 1 lemon
2 tsp fresh thyme leaves or 1/2 tsp dried
1/2 tsp salt
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed( I used the kind already pre-rolled. If not, roll yours out to about 8 inches by 11)
fresh pea shoots, for garnish

Method

1. To make onion jam, heat olive oil over medium/high heat in medium size sauce pan. Add onions, stirring well, reduce heat to medium/low and stir in salt. Cook until translucent, stirring often.
2. Reduce heat to low and cook for 20 minutes, scraping up brown bits every so often. You may need to add a bit more olive oil if it seems too dry.  Add the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar and cook about 20 minutes longer, over low heat, stirring often. Once soft and jammy, let cool and set aside.

3. Meanwhile, toss the sliced mushrooms in a large bowl with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and thyme. Place on a parchment-lined bake sheet and roast in a preheated 400*F oven for about 20 minutes, until golden. Remove from oven and set aside.
4. Mix the goat cheese with lemon zest, thyme and salt.
Lay the sheet of puff pastry onto a parchment-lined bake sheet. With a sharp knife, score the perimeter of the pastry about 1 inch all around. Using a fork, poke holes all around inside the border – this will ensure the pastry doesn’t rise in the inside, but it does around the edges.
5. Spread the onion jam  evenly in the middle. Top with roasted mushrooms and goat cheese. Bake at 400*F for about 20 -25 minutes. Garnish with pea shoots. Serves 2 for main or 4 for appetizer.
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